Keiji Hirano
Japan Times
Mar 1, 2012
Mercury pact falls short on Minamata
There is growing debate over how best to reflect the lessons learned from Minamata disease in the so-called Mercury Treaty now being discussed with the aim of reducing the use of mercury around the world to prevent environmental damage and harm to humans.
Sep 19, 2011
Calls for Mainali retrial gain momentum
Calls are growing for a retrial of a Nepalese man serving a life sentence for a 1997 murder in Tokyo in the wake of a fresh DNA test.
Japan Times
Sep 6, 2011
Photo collection depicts Ainu lives
A recently published photo collection put together over a span of almost two decades explores the traditions of the Ainu through a portrait of a woman and her extended family in Nibutani, Hokkaido.
Japan Times
Aug 24, 2011
Japan's Filipino wartime sex slaves tell their story in documentary
The director of a recently completed documentary on Filipino victims of Japan's wartime sexual slavery says the memories of the aging women now won't be lost to posterity.
Jul 27, 2011
Documentary depicts Palestinian kids' sense of loss, resolve to live
A Japanese journalist is set to release a documentary on Palestinian children who lived through the Israeli military intervention in the Gaza Strip between December 2008 and January 2009.
Japan Times
Jul 23, 2011
'70s activist foresaw nuclear disaster
When the late Shizuko Sakata started distributing the newsletters she wrote in Nagano Prefecture more than 30 years ago to campaign against nuclear power, her daughter, Masako, was not fully supportive.
Japan Times
May 11, 2011
Director sets up fund to support Vietnamese Agent Orange victims
Vietnamese schoolchildren born with physical problem, apparently due to the lingering effects of Agent Orange sprayed during the Vietnam War, are getting a helping hand in the shape of a scholarship from a Japanese film director.
Japan Times
Dec 24, 2010
'49 Mitaka Incident retrial sought
On July 15, 1949, Hitotsubashi University freshman Sakuji Horikoshi was returning to his dormitory when he hopped off a late-night train at Mitaka Station in western Tokyo to have some quick noodles. He suddenly found himself in the middle of a disaster zone.
Dec 20, 2010
Tokyo rally against death penalty draws over 1,800
More than 1,800 people staged a rally Sunday in Tokyo to call for abolition of the death penalty.
Dec 2, 2010
Calls grow to give wartime sex slaves official apology
Calls are growing for the government to offer an official apology to the wartime sex slaves, known as "comfort women," and to provide them with compensation through legislation.
Nov 26, 2010
Rights still lacking over gender identity disorder
More than 10 years have passed since gender reassignment surgery was introduced in Japan as part of treatment for gender identity disorder patients.
Nov 18, 2010
Essays recount deadly Tokai nuke debacle
Seeking to hand down lessons from Japan's first criticality accident, the village of Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, has published an anthology of essays contributed by people involved in the Sept. 30, 1999, fatal disaster.
Japan Times
Sep 12, 2010
Convicts' art show makes Tokyo debut
A unique art show is under way at a small Tokyo gallery displaying 40 paintings by 26 prisoners, including current and executed death row inmates.
Aug 25, 2010
Exhibit shows struggle of 'comfort women'
An exhibition to look back on developments over the past 10 years in addressing wartime sexual slavery is now under way at a Tokyo museum and resource center on the former "comfort women."
Jul 28, 2010
Lawyers work to undermine death penalty
In the face of recent revelations of wrongful accusations, lawyers involved in capital cases are calling for abolition of the death penalty, arguing at a Tokyo gathering that innocent people could be hanged.
Jun 11, 2010
Legacy of 1960 protest movement lives on
Yuichi Yoshikawa visits the south entrance of the Diet building every June 15 to offer flowers in memory of a female college student who died there in a clash between police forces and anti-Japan-U.S. security treaty demonstrators on the day 50 years ago.
May 7, 2010
High school tuition waiver alters donor dynamics
The new tuition waiver at public high schools is making some people less willing to support high school students from single-parent households who are forced to give up further education amid financial difficulties.
Apr 22, 2010
Cuba block prints to be displayed
Tama Art University Museum in Tokyo will exhibit 40-year-old block prints expressing the ideas of the Declaration of Havana of September 1960.
Apr 7, 2010
Okinawa's residents await verdict on reversion disclosure
HAEBARU, Okinawa Pref. — While searching for records on the postwar history of Okinawa in the United States for nine years through 2006, Kazuhiko Nakamoto was impressed with the meticulous documentation management there.
Mar 12, 2010
Bio a lesson in journalist principles
On June 17, 1960, seven major newspapers in Tokyo simultaneously carried a "joint declaration" concerning a bloody public clash over the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty that left a female University of Tokyo student dead, calling for a quick resolution to the situation.


Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world